1992 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final

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1992 All-Ireland Senior Football Final
Event 1992 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Date 20 September 1992
Venue Croke Park, Dublin
Man of the Match Manus Boyle[1]
Referee Tommy Sugrue (Kerry)
Attendance 64,547
Weather Dry

The 1992 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final was the 105th All-Ireland Final and the deciding match of the 1992 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, an inter-county Gaelic football tournament for the top teams in Ireland.

Donegal won their first All-Ireland, partially thanks to a missed Charlie Redmond penalty.[2] Their shock defeat of Dublin caused wild scenes throughout the county for many months afterwards.[3] Donegal's march to the title is still regarded nationally as an "almost mystical expedition", all these years later.[4] The match was shown live on Network Two by RTE Sport with match commentary provided by Ger Canning and analysis by Colm O'Rourke.

Brian McEniff was the man in charge of Donegal that day, with a backroom team that included Michael Lafferty, Seamus Bonner, Anthony Harkin, Naul McCole, team doctor Austin O'Kennedy, "man in the stand" Pauric McShea, and "man in Dublin" Sean Ferriter.[5]

Paths to the final[edit]

Donegal beat Mayo in the semi-final. Dublin beat Clare in the semi-final. Dublin entered the match as favourites to win what would have been their 22nd All-Ireland title.

Match summary[edit]

With Donegal playing into the Hill 16 end in the first half, Martin McHugh missed an early free kicking to the right before Charlie Redmond opened the scoring for Dublin in the third minute from a free. Dublin scored another point before Martin McHugh hit the post, with the rebound being put over the bar by James McHugh for Donegal's opening score. After eight minutes Dessie Farrell was pushed when running in on goal, the resulting penalty taken by Charlie Redmond was kicked high and wide to the right. At half time Donegal had a 0-10 to 0-7 lead. In the second half Manus Boyle kicked over his sixth point of the match from a free to give Donegal a 0-13 to 0-8 point lead. Declan Bonner kicked left footed his fourth point and Donegal's final point to leave the final score at 0-18 to 0-14.

Trophy presentation[edit]

At the end of the match the GAA President Peter Quinn presented the Sam Maguire Cup from the Hogan Stand to Donegal captain Anthony Molloy in front of the Donegal fans that filled the Croke Park pitch. He famously exclaimed "Sam's for the hills" as he did so.[6]

Fans burst onto the pitch - among them future Irish international soccer goalkeeper Shay Given.[7]

Crowds gathered at train-stops in Kildare, Meath, Westmeath, Longford, Leitrim and Sligo to gawk in awe at the team that had put Dublin to the sword. 9,000 people were waiting in Sligo alone.[8]


Donegal returned to the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final after a 20-year absence on 23 September 2012.[9]

Dublin laboured towards another final in 1994, only to lose again on the big day—this time to Down.


  1. ^ "Manus Boyle Profile". Hogan Stand. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  2. ^ High Ball magazine, issue #6, 1998.
  3. ^ "Class of '92 to be honoured". Hogan Stand. 29 June 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Crowe, Dermot (2 August 2009). "Faith healer Doherty revives Donegal belief". Sunday Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Donegal’s backroom team in 1992". Donegal Democrat (Johnston Press). 11 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "The heroes of '92 - Where are they now?". Donegal Democrat (Johnston Press). 8 January 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  7. ^ Dervan, Cathal (23 September 2012). "Shay: I'd trade it all for Croker medal: I'd swap it all for All-Ireland medal". The Sun. Retrieved 23 September 2012. "“I was in the Canal End when we won in 1992 and ended up invading the pitch with the Donegal fans after we beat Dublin. That was one of the best days of my life. A Donegal victory again today would be right up there with that and whilst I'd love to be out there on the pitch, I'll do my best to be Donegal's number one fan now.”" 
  8. ^ "Heroes of '92 allowed Donegal to remove psychological barrier". Sunday Independent (Independent News & Media). 9 October 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Donegal annihilate Cork in All-Ireland Football semi-final". BBC Sport (BBC). 26 August 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 

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